Mystery spinner Abrar Ahmed appears to be a strong contender for a spot in Pakistan’s 15-member squad for the upcoming ICC World Cup 2023, which is scheduled to be held in India next month.
Shadab’s inconsistent ODI performance has raised concerns within the Pakistan team, but he is expected to be part of the World Cup squad. However, there is a possibility that Shaheen Afridi may assume the role of vice-captain.
A meeting recently occurred between the team’s captain, Babar Azam, and the selection committee to finalize the squad.
Both the team’s leadership and the selection committee have agreed to make minimal changes, largely resembling the squad that participated in the recently-concluded Asia Cup.
On Monday in Lahore, Chief Selector Inzamam-ul-Haq and Captain Babar are scheduled to have a crucial meeting with Zaka Ashraf, the Chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) management committee. The ultimate decision on the team composition will depend on Ashraf’s approval.
The official announcement of the squad is expected to take place next week, either on Wednesday or Thursday. The selection committee has also taken into consideration the fitness status of several players who have been recovering from injuries.
Naseem Shah’s shoulder injury is likely to keep him out of the entire World Cup, leading to consideration of alternatives like Zaman Khan and Hassan Ali for the fast bowler’s position in the squad.
Meanwhile, Haris Rauf, who suffered a side strain during the Asia Cup, is expected to recover in time for the tournament. Agha Salman, who had a bruise under his eye, and Imam-ul-Haq, who experienced back spasms before the Super 4 clash, are both progressing well in their recovery and should be fully fit well before the start of the World Cup.